Press AssociationFirefighters in England and Wales are to launch a fresh wave of strikes in their long-running row with the government over pensions.
Natalie HaynesI cannot lie: the giant felt reindeer head has been hanging on the kitchen door for a week and the rest of the Christmas decorations have just gone up. This may seem surprising on two counts.
Steven Swinford, and Bruno WaterfieldMigrants whose English is judged to be so poor that they would struggle to find work in Britain could be denied benefits, Iain Duncan Smith has announced.
Richard WolfNORFOLK, Va. -- Whenever Tim Bostic would lament that he couldn't marry his partner, Tony London, in Virginia, his sisters had a ready solution: Move to Maryland, where same-sex marriage is legal.
Jack Kim and David ChanceSEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has executed the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un, state media said on Friday, the biggest upheaval in years as the ruling dynasty sought to distance itself from responsibility for the isolated states's dire living standards.
Michael O’SullivanThe second part of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy goes a long way — and at 2 1 / 2 hours, I do mean long — toward righting the wrongs of the first movie, which was even longer. The first installment of the adaptation of the beloved fantasy-adventure novel was bloated, boring and slow to get started. Jackson’s handsome new addition to the canon, subtitled “The Desolation of Smaug,” is a fleet, fun redemption of the film franchise, the first chapter of which had J.R.R. Tolkien fans crying foul.